Floundering – Thursday, September 12th, 2019

A few of my gymnasts were floundering in practice. After watching them wander through assignments and fail to complete tasks, I decided they needed more individual attention. So, I sat with each one and wrote out a specific assignment for each event. So far, so good. My gymnasts then began to complete the assignments.

There are many days I flounder in my faith. Don’t misunderstand, I am not talking about doubt. I am talking about days when my relationship with God seems to stagnate. My prayer and study time lack focus. Scripture readings barely seem applicable to my situations. I nearly exhaust myself trying to be a “good Christian.” The more human effort I apply to the situation, the more my soul grows empty.

I’ve come to realize that an empty soul is not necessarily a bad thing. An empty soul means the Lord has spent me in His service. Once the service is completed, the Lord calls me in from the world to take refuge in the eternal presence of God. The Lord will hide me with Him to rejuvenate, regenerate and refresh my weary soul.

In other words, God gives me some individual attention, allows me to rest from my labors and instructs me through the power of the Holy Spirit. He tucks me away for a while in the shelter of His presence before sending me back into the world to proclaim the Good News of Christ.

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance” (Psalm 32:7).

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Denise Larson Cooper has a passion for Christ and sharing His Word. A wife and mother of two daughters, Denise currently works as a gymnastic coach.

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